The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,003 Ratings



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


  • Quick beach read

    By RosieRed1519
    Finished in two days and while it was engaging, the ending was unsatisfying (to me at least - but maybe that’s a nod to the source material)! Decent overall
  • WoW!!!

    By Jkjr1961
    Loved it! Beginning to end!
  • Disappointing ending

    By CrazyJen85
    I have read all of Ruth Ware’a books and this one has me interested all the way through but the ending fell flat.
  • amazing

    By samoan_kiwi
    I read this for a book project for my literature class. Outstanding writing and a very gripping plot. I do love books that have plot twists at the end, where everything is revealed and makes sense. Ware executes this perfectly. Would recommend to others, probably one of Ware’s best books.
  • Keeps your attention - great narrator

    By NotCoolAllure
    Really catching read I couldn’t stop listening to. It does keep you guessing until the end.. the narrator was exceptional. Highly recommend.
  • Keeps you guessing right to the end!

    By kaykaybean13
    Great story that perfectly reveals the characters secrets and motives creating a disbelief and leaves an impression upon you regarding the truth of each persons motives and mindsets.
  • Great writing, flawed plot device

    By Safavieh
    I love Ruth Ware. Her writing is hypnotic, and this book captured my interest immediately. However, the ending utilizes surprises that are too convenient, and attribute unbelievable cunning on the part of one character. Still, it’s a good read although frustrating to discover that even this fine author isn’t above using shopworn tricks.
  • The Turn of the Key

    By A-Train35
    SPOILER ALERT! Bummer ending. unbelievable conclusion. 8 year old and 5 year old? Not realistic.
  • Fantastic

    By Buffalo Bayou
    Couldn’t put this one down. A wonderful conflation of old fashioned ghost story, dysfunctional family, laced with a “wired” old Scottish estate. Marvelous plotting through all the twists and turns.
  • Disappointing

    By Trvrsthomas
    I have read all of her books and, in general, love her work. This one starts out well and the build of suspense was nice but it really went no where and wrapped up quickly ( too quickly ) and I felt very let down after quite a nice beginning. Bummer. It made me feel like I wasted my time on this one. What it reminded me of is when a band performs really well and sells a lot of records but their follow up or “sophomore” recording can’t possibly live up to the hype of the first few hits on the original album. All of the books before were outstanding, particularly “ In a Dark Dark Wood” and “The Woman In Cabin 10” ( these books are ridiculously good from start to finish ) but this time, my girl really let me down ☠️